Facing EU leaders for the occasion since she began to power on your back of the June U.K. vote to go away from the bloc, May said she wants a smooth and cooperative relationship along with her partners as the country heads out the exit door, probably in 2019.
Her conciliatory tone was in sharp contrast to the sometimes bitter rhetoric sparked by Britain's departure the primary time an EU member has ever left the bloc including threats of a "hard exit" that would see the country stranded outside Europe's massive single market if it seeks to restrict the entry of EU migrants.
"I've been clear that the Ough.K. is discussing our future trade relationship with third countries," May told reporters in the end of a two-day summit in Brussels. "This won't undermine the EU's trade agenda. It is not in competition with it."
In an effort to restore some sorely-missing goodwill, May said she wants "a mature, cooperative relationship with our European partners." She called for "give and take" and also a willingness to approach the thorny divorce proceedings "in a constructive spirit."
So far, her EU partners are standing firm. Several reaffirmed that the EU's four cherished freedoms will movement of goods, capital, services individuals are indivisible, and that the U.K. cannot purchase the choicest morsels.
Still, in separate talks with Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the EU's executive arm, May insisted "that marketing techniques . need to see controls on tinier businesses of people who come to Britain from Europe also as a positive outcome for those who wish to trade in goods and services," her office said in an assertion.
Friday's summit talks were overshadowed with major negotiating logjam as the small, French-speaking region in Belgium refused to endorse a new trade pact with Canada, leaving the entire 28-nation EU earth's biggest trading bloc in limbo.
May gave support into the negotiating efforts, even though her country will soon be rendering. She said Britain will be seeking to generate an entirely new trade relationship with Europe, not one that resembles any other the EU has away from the bloc.
"We're not looking to copy a model that someone has," she said.
But Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel warned how the Canada impasse is truly a good sign for Uk.
"Everybody - and I'm saying it as well - thinks in case the EU doesn't achieve finalizing this economic treaty with Canada, this signifies the discussions with the U.K. tend to be very complex," he suggested.
Ultimately, May acknowledged, Britain's EU partners would to be able to move as well as plan their future as 27 alone, although she insisted that London will assume all of the responsibilities and obligations of membership exit negotiations conclude. Travellers to move probably be around two yearsrrr time after anticipated launch within the talks globe first quarter of 2017.
For their EU as well as the U.K., May said, "it's about seizing the opportunities of Brexit."